Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott is ready to return to the majors, per Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. According to Kubatko, the 39-year-old Scott recently turned up at the Winter Meetings to announce his intention to return to pro ball, either as a player or a hitting coach. No interested parties appear to have stepped forward so far.
Scott was last seen with the Rays in 2013, when he rounded out his nine-year career in the majors with a .241/.326/.415 batting line, nine home runs and 40 RBI in 291 PA. He signed on with the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in 2014, but ended a 33-game stint on bad terms with the club following a public confrontation over his plantar fasciitis and subsequent demotion to the reserve team. He caught on with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in 2015 and was released after just three months in Toronto’s system.
It’s not too far-fetched to believe that Scott’s age, lack of recent major league experience and history of controversial comments could be giving teams some pause this offseason. If he does manage to latch onto a team, it’ll likely be on a minor-league deal.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.